Principal's Welcome

Dear Cougar Families,  

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction as the newly appointed Principal at Eastland Middle School. I’m honored to join a great group of educators and support the work they do with our kids.   

My personal life is filled with lots of family moments. My wife Jennifer and I have been happily married for the last 14 years. We have been blessed with three wonderful children: Noah (12), Nate (10), and Eva (8).  

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University with a major in English and minor in communications. I continued my education by earning a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saginaw Valley State University and an educational specialist degree with a concentration on educational leadership from Oakland University. This year marks my 20th year in the district.  Along with 13 years of experience as a high school/middle school English teacher and basketball coach, I served as the district Athletic Director, EMS AP, and, most recently, the Assistant Principal at Roseville High School. 

Mr. Gauthier was recently appointed as the Assistant Principal at Eastland. Mr. Gauthier comes to us with 14 years of experience with Center Line Public Schools. He spent 12 of those years at the middle school, teaching math, science, and robotics. Mr. Gauthier attended Michigan State University where he majored in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. After working in the private sector, his passion for education led him to enroll in Wayne State University's Master of Arts in Teaching program. He furthered his education at Oakland University, earning his Education Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership. We are excited to have Mr. Gauthier join the team at EMS.  

The first day of school on September 7, 2021, will mark 543 days since Governor Whitmer first ordered the closure of F2F instruction in Michigan. Since that day, we have all been working hard to manage virtual learning, support our kids, and manage the obstacles of Covid. The past 543 days has been tough on parents, families, teachers, and support staff; however, there is no doubt, it has been toughest on our kids. They have made tremendous sacrifice throughout this pandemic. They have had limited F2F instruction, few opportunities to make new friends or maintain the relationships with friends from the past. They have missed out on opportunities to be recognized appropriately for their accomplishments, participate in athletics, activities, clubs, extracurricular activities, or other fun stuff that happens outside of the classroom.  

As we transition back to the building this fall, we will all need to work together to adjust to the routines and expectations of school. We’ll need to more flexible than ever. We’ll need to be more patient than ever. We’ll need to be more supportive than ever. We’ll need to be more empathetic than ever. Together, I’m confident we can guide our kids to reach their full potential and have a successful return to the building.    

I am truly humbled and honored to serve the Roseville community. I’m looking forward to getting to know the students and families and supporting the staff to provide your kids a safe, supportive learning environment.    

Go Cougars!   


Dennis Borse  

Principal , Eastland Middle School